Tuesday, January 30, 2007

With the announcement of Oscar contenders, the recent Gilded Globule awards, there is one thing that's been bugging me: The movie "Babel" is persistently pronounced as "babble." My cursory look tells me that it's not an incorrect pronunciation but doesn't it make sense to pronounce "Bable" as "bay-bel" so as to distinguish it from "babble," which is, after all, a word in and of itself. One can babble and many people babbling can lead to a babel. At least that's how I read the definitions.
Don't even start me on the pronunciation of "flaccid!" (It's properly "flak-sid" if you haven't been digging into your Websters of late.)

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